Pre-College Students

The USC School of Cinematic Arts Summer Program welcomes many high school students* (ages 16+) every summer. Pre-College Students typically represent 20-25% of the SCA Summer Program student body and create some of the most creative and impressive work during the summer.

Our program is unique. Unlike a summer camp, Summer@SCA is a rigorous 'pre-college' program involving various classroom studies, homework assignments, activities, and events that are intellectually demanding and time-consuming. Students will be able to experience academic life at the collegiate level and will be attending fully accredited USC college courses.

No matter the program or course, all students are held to the academic expectations of full-time USC students and are responsible for their own academic experience. The individual student are responsible for managing their time and setting priorities for homework and class requirements.

*Students must be at least 16 years of age by the official start date of the Summer Program. No exceptions.

  • Minimum age: 16 years old (by the start of the program)
  • Required Documents:
    • Unofficial/official most recent transcripts
    • The USC SCA Recommendation Form
    • Sample Work: Some filmmaking experience is preferred but not required (e.g., A/V club or class, theater, photography, creative writing, etc.)
      • Short film, photo story (series of shots), creative writing sample, etc.

    SCA Summer Program offers a wide range of courses in all aspects of filmmaking and interactive media, such as:

    Most of our classes are taught by regular faculty members from the USC School of Cinematic Arts, who are also leading industry professionals.

    Classes are for full college credit, with transcripts available after successfully completing the program. Students are provided with the same facilities and equipment used during the Fall/Spring academic year by matriculated USC Cinema students.

    For more details on our classes, please go to the Classes Webpage.


    On-campus housing for those needing accommodation. While not mandatory, it is highly recommended for our Pre-College Students as it is convenient and creates opportunities to socialize, network, and interact with their fellow filmmakers outside of class.

    Some important detailed information regarding on-campus housing:

    • Location: USC Village in the McCarthy Honors Residential College-across the street from the main campus and a short walk to the SCA Cinema Complex.
    • Housing Costs
      • Security Deposit: $500*
      • Housing Cost: $2,100-$2,600**
      • Move-In Date: Friday, June 21, 2024
      • Move-Out Date: Saturday, Aug 3, 2024

    *Covers incurred damages/clean-up, if any, otherwise refunded fully
    **Please note that Housing Costs are subject to change

    MEAL PLAN (Optional)

    A meal plan is available, purchased separately after students have been registered for their classes through the USCard Services' website; however, we do not recommend that our Summer Program students purchase a summer meal plan as they are restrictive and not conducive to the rigorous class schedules of the students. If you plan on purchasing a meal plan for the summer, please note that once purchased, it cannot be refunded for any reason.

    USC has multiple dining options, including the University Village, on and directly off campus. These meals can be paid for with cash, credit/debit card, or by using the USC student ID card.

    Please note that meal costs are NOT included in the student tuition.


    The USC Engemann Student Health Center is available to SCA Summer Program students should health concerns arise. A required student health information form will be given out upon acceptance and must be turned in before arrival to the program.

    A mandatory student health center fee will be applied upon registration into our program, typically between $20 - $30 a week. This fee cannot be waived.


    A mandatory virtual student orientation will be held before the arrival of all accepted students. Various times will be available to accommodate different time zones. Students only need to attend one session.

    • Date: June 17, 2024
    • Time(s): 10:00 a.m. PST; 2:00 p.m PST; 6:00 p.m. PST

    Zoom links will be sent out 48 hours prior.



    The SCA Summer Program is an academic program; unlike a summer camp, the SCA Summer Program does not schedule any extracurricular activities. However, the School of Cinematic Arts continues programming into the summer, including:

    • Special events with industry guests
    • Pre-release screenings
    • Workshops and seminars

    All events are pre-registered through the USC School of Cinematic Arts student portal, SCA Community (more information below), and are filled on a first-come, first-served basis. All events are subject to change.


    An online portal for students and a valuable resource that contains detailed information about policies, rules, documents, and event announcements with sign-ups. Upon acceptance into the Summer Program, more detailed information will be given with directions on how to set up the student's SCA Community intranet.


    Accepted students will need to sign a waiver to access any of USC's Recreational Facilities, such as the gym. Instructions on how to set this up will be given in the information packets that will be sent out upon acceptance.